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Expressing gratitude --- A Huge Boon

Expressing gratitude, (making shukr) is effectively one of the most outstanding qualities of a Muslim. In Surah al-Dhar, Allah Ta’ala states: “We have guided mankind to the road (to success) so that he is either grateful or he is ungrateful”. (Surah al-Dhar: 03)

One can never be unmindful of the favours bestowed upon mankind by our Rabb, Allah Ta’ala. Forgetting His favours upon us, however small it might appear is indeed a grave wrong-doing.

In fact, it’s totally reprehensible to show disregard to the favours of Allah Ta’ala and is worthy of punishment (azaab). Another verse of the Noble Quran states:

“If you express shukr (be grateful), then We will increase upon you; but if you are ungrateful, then (remember) My punishment is indeed severe” (Surah Ibrahim: 07)

This verse is explicit regarding being thankful for the countless favours of Allah Ta’ala. The promises of Allah Ta’ala are always genuine and authentic --- hence, we unswervingly believe that He will increase His favours upon us --- spiritually, physically and materially. The consequences of being ungrateful are indeed unfortunate and a sure sign of our immaturity and foolishness.

Severe tests, punishments and chastisements are also part and parcel of these “consequences.”

Indeed, the best way to be thankful to Allah Ta’ala is to stick with the beautiful Deen of Islam, follow all His commands and stay away from all prohibitions and sins. Insha Allah, this will be sincere
submission and obedience to our Rabb. In one instance, Allah Ta’ala states in the Glorious Quran: “Why should Allah punish you, if you are grateful (make Shukr) and bring Imãn? (Surah al-Nisa: 147)

Two significant points to remember are, “Imãn” and “Shukr”. As far as “Imãn” is concerned, it relates to our belief. But as for “Shukr”, it encompasses our lovely Deen, and every act of worship is inseparably linked to this Huge Bonus of “Shukr” that Allah Ta’ala has favoured us with.

Once again the Noble Quran states: ”Rather worship Allah, and be from the grateful ones.” (Surah al-Zumar: 66)

Being ever thankful and grateful to the Almighty Allah Ta’ala needs to be imbedded into every fiber of our lives. This simple term, “Alhamdulillah”, ought to be permanently registered on our tongues. Additionally, it should be always included in our daily duas, e.g. before and after eating, before sleeping, upon waking up, before and after relieving ourselves, commencing and terminating a legitimate action, etc. The frequent use of this simple term “Alhamdulillah” shows our gratefulness to our Rabb, Allah Ta’ala.

Similarly, another way of expressing our appreciation to Allah Ta’ala, is by being good and doing good to others. Since we are all Allah Ta’ala’s most honoured creation, He commands us thus: “… and do good as Allah has done good to you…” (Surah al-Qasas: 77)

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